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Dr Sarah Maya Rosen

BA, MSc, PhD

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Member of the Department of Anthropology  


I am currently a Teaching Fellow in the Anthropology Department, conducting lectures and tutorials on hominin evolution for the Human Evolution and Diversity module. I also provide guest lectures for the Forensic Anthropology module on the socio-political contexts of Humanitarian Forensic Action. 

I received my BA in Anthropology with merit from State University of New York at Geneseo in 2013, with a concentration in biological anthropology and bioarchaeology. I then received my MSc in Palaeopathology with merit from Durham University in 2016, with a dissertation entitled The Problematic Epidemiology of Venereal Syphilis: A Comprehensive Appraisal of the New World Evidence for Treponemal Infection which received distinction. This research focused on published bioarchaeological evidence of syphilis in the New World, and critically examined the subjective, colonial lens through which much of human osteological research has been undertaken.

In 2012, I completed my bioarchaeological field training with the Ecomuseu Cap de Cavalleria in Menorca, Spain, and was inducted into Lambda Alpha (the International Anthropology Honors Society) and Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honors Society). Then in 2013-2014, I completed two consecutive internships at the American Museum of Natural History (New York City) in the North American Archaeological Lab under Dr. David Hurst Thomas, and the Human Osteology Lab under Dr. Ian Tattersall respectively. I also participated in the British Survey of Archaeology course at Corpus Christi, Cambridge University run through the Association for Cultural Exchange (ACE Foundation).

My current research interests lie in forensic anthropology conducted after political violence (Humaniatarian Forensic Action, Transitional/Transformative Justice)--with particular emphasis on the desaparecidos of 'post-conflict' Guatemala and the unidentified victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. 

I am also the former Editor-in-Chief and Science Sub-Editor of Kaleidoscope--the interdisciplinary journal run under the auspices of Durham's Institute of Advanced Study

Research interests

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Human Osteology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Human Rights Violations
  • Children in Violent Conflict
  • Transitional Justice
  • Photogrammetry

Esteem Indicators

  • 2012: Lambda Alpha: Inducted into International Anthropology Honours Society
  • 2012: Sigma Tau Delta: Inducted into the ;International English Honours Society
  • 2010: Daedalus Foundation Award in Art History, Art History Research Fellows Project, Guggenheim Museum:


Book review

  • Rosen, Sarah Maya (2019). Mark Maguire, Ursula Rao, Nils Zurawski (EDs.). Bodies as Evidence: Security, Knowledge, and Power. Duke University Press, 2018. Journal of International and Global Studies

Chapter in book

  • Rosen, S.M. & Rosen, D.M. (2013). Dumbledore's Army: The Transgressive Narrative of the Child Soldier in Harry Potter. In Legilimens!: Perspectives in Harry Potter Studies. Bell, C.E. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 113-129.

Journal Article